How to Create a Dropbox Share Link

Dropbox is a great tool for sharing files but it has a core flaw that makes sharing links not so intuitive for most users. The flaw I speak of is by default Dropbox wants you to share a folder with another user. This adds the files to the other users’ Dropbox and counts against their quota. Most of the time you’re trying to simply share a link to a file or folder and you don’t really need the recipient to store those files in their account as well.

Nine times out of ten when I ask for a file to be shared using a link and not using my email, I end up getting the dreaded invite email because¬†sharing a link wasn’t made super obvious. Let’s take a look at how you can share a dropbox link so that you don’t end up taking someone else’s¬†space up.

From The Dropbox Website

  1. Login to Dropbox.
  2. Find the file or folder that you’d like to share.
  3. Hover over the file and click share.
  4. Skip the email field and click “create a link”.
  5. Click copy link once the link is done being generated.
  6. Send this link from your email client to the recipient.
  7. You’ve now shared a file without inviting the user to manage your files.

From The Desktop App

  1. Navigate to your Dropbox folder.
  2. Find the file or folder you’d like to share.
  3. Right-click the file and click share and then “create link” (windows) or “copy Dropbox link” (Mac/Linux).
  4. The link is now copied to your clipboard.
  5. Send this link from your email client to the recipient.
  6. You’ve now shared a file without inviting the user to manage your files.

Now that you know how to share a file with a link instead, bookmark this page so you don’t forget how to properly share read-only links with Dropbox.